Monday, December 3, 2007

The first mile is the hardest...

Soooo.....where were you on Saturday? Me, I was dressed up like Santa Claus, and along with about 10,000 of my Santa friends running through downtown Vegas. That's right -- I finished the race!!! And it was awesome. I had 3 goals:
1) Finish the whole thing without stopping to walk.
2) Look good in the Santa suit.
3) Not come in last.
Okay, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. I'm sorry but a cheap crushed velvet Santa suit worn over jogging pants is not going to be cute on anyone. Honestly I kind of had the stuffed sausage thing going on, but oh well. I did manage to run the whole thing, and there were at least a few hundred people behind me:). I have to say I was pretty proud of myself when I came across the finish line. Nothing beats coming around the last corner and seeing J and TH jumping up and down waving, saying "Yay Mommy!! You did it!!" Man, that was great. J had a great time at the race, strolling around Fremont Street saying, "Santa! Santa! Santa! Doggie!" (yes there were Santa dogs, too.). There were a few tense moments of Random Tantrum On The Street Over Refusing to Hold Mommy's Hand, but even that couldn't but a damper on the event. It was pretty much a perfect morning (they even had free Starbucks --free! Starbucks! -- at the finish line. I'm definitely running this one again next year.)

Which brings us to the B side of what was an otherwise lovely day. After the race I had the day off so we went to JCPenney's for Christmas photos. What. A. Fiasco. We had such a great experience there last year when J was only
7 months old. He smiled and laughed at the right times, and we got so many great shots. This year, different story. He wasn't bad, exactly, just....extremely uncooperative. He kept running at the camera, trying to run out of the room, and throwing the plastic ornaments they gave him to hold. Then they wanted him to sit in a little chair which he did, until they said "smile" and then he would pop up saying "I see you!!"...which was cute, but impossible to get a good picture. So we ended up with only one shot of us and one shot of him that were decent. Sheesh. Toddlers.

I'll be posting a bunch of pics from the race later...


LauraC said...

YAY YAY YAY! Glad to hear you finished the race. That is awesome.

And... we did not even try to do studio pics. No way, no how with two 18 month olds. Santa pics coming soon and let me say.... it was BAD!

deebo47 said...

Congratulations on finishing the race! I was rooting for you. Maybe one day I'll actually run a race (or run period). As for the Christmas pictures, join the club. Both of our kids took terrible pictures at that age. They cried, ran around, wouldn't sit still, wouldn't smile, were afraid of the flash, and generally wasted everyone's time and money. Thank goodness that phase doesn't last too long or you'd never have any good pictures of your kids! But at least he had a good time at Mommy's race.